The U.S. Forest Service is taking steps to prevent future mining at about 340,000 acres of federal lands in Washington’s Methow Valley. Leslie Weldon, deputy chief of the agency’s national forest system, said her department will begin working on an administrative…

 Residents frustrated; feel Gap Fire was preventable Kassi Nelsonpublished by NBC Klamath Horse Creek, Calif. —  Much of the Horse Creek Community is turned to ash after the Gap Fire took off late last month, but residents believe the damage…